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First Friday to honor youth baseball teams Wailuku First Friday, a free community street party, will be from 6 to 9 pm. Friday along Market Street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 5:30 p.m. Free parking is available at Maui Medical Group. For this Friday’s event, ...

Kihei librarian takes love of reading abroad

Librarian and her stories go to Africa Kihei librarian Kathleen Ageton spent this past summer the way she always does — introducing kids to a love of stories. Except this time she traded in the hot, sunny environs of South Maui for the hot, sunny settings of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ageton ...

Mother carries on daughter’s passion for life, love of Hawaii

PUKALANI — Californian Mallory Smith, who loved the Hawaiian Islands, died at age 25 from an incurable disease that takes its average patient by age 37, but her words continue to speak to people around the world. Smith’s mother, Diane Shader Smith, spoke last week at King Kekaulike High ...

Imua’s Kokua Outreach to help residents sign up for health insurance

The Maui News Imua Family Services has begun the Kokua Outreach Program to facilitate health insurance enrollment for uninsured or underinsured county residents with an emphasis on people from Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau, the nonprofit agency announced last month. Imua ...

Kahului brush fire is fully contained

The brush fire that began in Kahului on Sunday afternoon has been 100 percent contained, the Maui Fire Department said on Monday afternoon. The fire was declared 100 percent contained overnight and burned close to 109 acres, up from the 50 acres that had been reported on Sunday. “Crews ...

Power restored to Paia customers

Broken electrical equipment caused an hourlong power outage in Paia on Sunday afternoon, according to Maui Electric Co. At about 1 p.m. Sunday, about 1,300 customers in the Paia area experienced an outage when a piece of electrical equipment broke on a pole, MECO spokeswoman Shayna Decker ...

Foster homes for dogs needed

For the second time in less than 30 days, the Maui Humane Society has an urgent need for short-term foster homes for dogs, the nonprofit announced on Monday. Since Friday, the Humane Society has received 24 dogs — an average of six dogs per day — including 14 dogs in one day. The new ...

Hawaii tour guide programs offered

UH-Maui College will be holding professional tour guide and customer service in Hawaii certification programs, beginning Thursday through its Office of Continuing Education. The certifications, a partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, are aimed at strengthening the visitor industry ...

Boat captain who groped woman gets jail term

A man who is serving a one-year jail term for sexually assaulting a woman on Oahu was sentenced Aug. 23 to another one-year jail term for sexually assaulting another woman while she was on Maui for a fishing tournament. Alan Yuen, 59, of Honolulu was placed on five years' probation as part of ...

Man asks for, judge hands down 5-year prison sentence for theft

WAILUKU — A five-year prison term was ordered Aug. 27 for a man who said he wanted to be sentenced to prison rather than probation for a vehicle break-in. Miguel Washington, 29, asked for the prison term, even though the prosecution wasn’t seeking it and his attorney said the case ...

Crews battle new Pulehu fire

The Maui News — A brush fire that burned about 50 acres in Kahului was 65 percent contained as of Sunday afternoon, according to the Maui Fire Department. The fire was reported at 1:01 p.m. near Pulehu Road between Hookele Street, Hansen Road and Hana Highway. As of 2:30 p.m, ...

Water panel OKs permit to remove some EMI diversions

WAILUKU — The state water commission has given East Maui Irrigation Co. the go-ahead to to take down the next series of stream diversions that it once used to transport water to the central valley to feed sugar cane crops. On Thursday, the state Commission on Water Resource Management ...

Report: Visitor spending up for July

Visitor arrivals and spending were up for Maui island for the month of July while yearly spending remains lower, according to a recent report from Hawaii Tourism Authority. Meanwhile, the island of Lanai saw a roughly 40 percent gain in total spending compared with the same month last ...

Crime Watch

THIS IS A LIST of residential burglaries, stolen vehicles and vehicle break-ins in Maui County reported to the Maui Police Department from Aug. 18 to 24. The list includes the majority of reports during the period and gives the approximate time of occurrence of the crimes. The information is ...

Dui Sentences

THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor occurred during the period of Aug. 27 to 30. The listings include the offender’s name, age, residence and charges. First offenders undergo a 14-hour alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, a substance abuse ...

Ocean Center releases 4 turtles into wild

Four green sea turtles raised in captivity were released into Maui waters and swam away into the open ocean for the first time Thursday in a “Born Free” moment for the Maui Ocean Center. Reminiscent of the 1960s movie about a couple who raised a lion and released her into the African ...

Crews extinguish Olowalu brush fire

Crews took less than an hour to put out a small brush fire in Olowalu on Sunday morning. At 8:40 a.m., a fire was reported at 10500 Honoapiilani Highway, near the Olowalu General Store, according to the Fire Department. Engines from Kahului and Wailuku and a tanker from Kahului responded and ...

Business awards deadline extended

The deadline for nominations for the Mayor’s Small Business Awards has been extended to Sept. 9, the Maui Chamber of Commerce announced. The categories are: Exceptional Small Business of the Year (10 or fewer employees), Exceptional Small Business of the Year (11 to 39 employees), ...

Mother Nature makes her own art in sky above West Maui

The play of sunlight and clouds over Lanai puts on a show for sunset cruise passengers aboard the Trilogy IV on Saturday evening as it passes offshore of Launiupoko. The weather forecast for Kahului today is partly sunny, with a high near 91 degrees. A northeast wind, ranging from 5 to 16 ...

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: Kahului brush fire 100 percent contained

The brush fire that began in Kahului on Sunday afternoon has been 100 percent contained, the Maui Fire Department said shortly after 4 p.m. Monday. Acting fire spokesman Chris Stankis said that the fire was declared 100 percent contained overnight and burned close to 109 acres, up from the 50 ...